Category: High Schools

Monetizing the Band Blog

As a 30-yr veteran school product fundraiser, I utilize words like fundraising, money-making, profit, etc. Merging that fundraising mindset with my high school teaching assignment, I look for creative “monetizing” ideas to make the band blog an income stream.

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10+ Gump-ism-style Advice Lines for Bands, Students and Parents

In the spirit of Forrest Gump who put out Gump-isms like, “Life is like a box of chocolates…..You never know what you’re gonna get”, I offer the following sayings that sometime happen in band rehearsals and private studio lessons. “Good

10 Anti-Excellence HS Peer Pressure Standards

I’m tired of being the geek. I’m tired of ruining the curve. I’m tired of people getting mad at me because I do the extra credit anyway. I want to go somewhere I can be normal; where it is okay to be an achiever.

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Avoid mistakes choosing a contest solo

By John Gardner Sometimes I sit in the clarinet room during the upper level solos at Solo and Ensemble festival. There is a painful pattern of poor choices in music selection and interpretation, including the selection and performances of Sonata

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Solo Contest and Life Lessons

By John Gardner There are surprises every year at Solo/Ensemble contest. I spend the day encouraging, listening, supporting, congratulating and consoling. Without question, the experience students gain from participation are strong. Life is not always fair, and neither are judges. A

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Puppy Dogs and Clarinets

When I would ask about a step up instrument, she always responded about how busy her parents were. DAD WAS A SURGEON, so I knew the price was NOT an issue.

If pro orchestra conductors were evaluated like HS music teachers

As you write your objectives, keep in mind that your Professional Orchestra objectives and your effectiveness as a conductor will be determined by your evaluator who, in your case, is the Police Chief. The data you present will affect your employment status and pay increase/decrease.

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Trust: Today I failed.

I try hard to build, earn and enjoy healthy, appropriate, trusting relationships with students. I want them to be comfortable coming to me — and I think most are. About anything. Yes. I want to believe what they tell me — and try to. I’m not so naive to think that I’ve never been lied to, but I’m willing to take that chance by trusting first — and until I can’t. Through the years that I’ve taught, I think I’ve done pretty well most of the time. Today I failed.

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High Teen Standards

Over the years, however, and too many times – I’ve seen good people have to drop out of band due to decisions made in some of these couplings. A few years ago, I got a response from a former student…..

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I WANT To Trust You

“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honesty, I lose myself.” –William Shakespear “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”–Janis Joplin “Some things are black and white, right and wrong, good and bad. Honesty is one of those things. You

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